Curriculum

Pediatrics Residency

Didactic Conferences

  • UF Health Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital are equipped with teleconferencing facilities that are offered on both campuses, providing residents with greater access to the educational conferences listed below. Lectures are recorded and also available to residents via live streaming at any time and on their personal surface pros provided by the children's hospital at the start of residency.
  • Noon lectures are offered daily and cover the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications in an 18-month cycle so that residents will cover the entire curriculum twice during their three years of residency. Noon lectures encompass both specialty as well as general and preventive pediatrics topics. The latter is based on Bright Futures guidelines. In addition, we have an advocacy session scheduled every other month. This is facilitated by our advocacy resident champions under the guidance of the community and societal pediatrics division.
  • Morning report happens twice-weekly (morning report discussion is resident-led and attended by faculty)
  • Grand rounds are offered weekly, all PGY 3 residents present grand rounds as a required component of their scholarly activity
  • Evidenced-based medicine (EBM) or journal club occurs monthly and is mentored by faculty with both interns and residents participating, thus ensuring longitudinal EBM exposure
  • Board review sessions are also arranged throughout the year. These are taught by faculty and coordinated by a senior resident with dedicated faculty supervision.
  • Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences - presented by residents and led by pediatric critical care faculty
  • Combined pediatric critical care - emergency medicine conferences are also held periodically to discuss a case from initial presentation through management in the Intensive Care Unit
  • Other didactic opportunities include perinatology conferences for those working at UF Health Jacksonville. In addition, quarterly quality improvement (QI) and scholarship meetings are held to provide didactics and review basic concepts related to QI and scholarship, such as working through a PDSA cycle, navigating the IRB and reviewing and providing guidance for ongoing projects. These are all mentored by designated faculty members with expertise in these areas.
  • We also have a dedicated quarterly ethics noon conference lecture/discussion series taught by the children's hospital bioethicist. The curriculum is based on the AAP Section/Committee on Bioethics guidelines.
  • The newest addition to our curriculum are lectures on the business of medicine given by the same faculty responsible for the Medical Economics elective. These were incorporated based on alumni feedback.

The success of our curriculum can be gauged by the fact that our graduates have successfully passed the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination for the past three years.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a major change in the way we conducted our conferences routinely. We resorted to doing all our noon conferences and board review sessions via Zoom. All didactics continued as per the norm during this entire time with minimal disruption, with the exception of morning report and grand rounds which were canceled. We also added weekly case-based discussions led by our developmental pediatrician that often focused on problems seen in the primary care clinic. Narrative Medicine was a new offering during the pandemic as well. All conferences were well attended by our trainees who expressed satisfaction with the format, ease of two way communication, and the convenience of being able to 'attend' virtually and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Other resources offered to residents in lieu of their longitudinal out-patient experiences which were temporarily suspended, included Hopkins modules as well as selected readings. One-on-one virtual case-based discussions with faculty on other rotations were also offered.

Our critical care faculty were also able to conduct multiple 2-day in-depth simulation sessions focusing on resuscitation skills and mock codes at the simulation center.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Patient safety, delivering bad news, neonatal resuscitation and emergency department procedural simulation trainings
  • Monthly case based simulation supervised by pediatric hospitalists
  • Mock code simulations supervised by critical care faculty

Leadership Development Program

We offer free leadership training opportunities to all UF residents and fellows. Residents have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning center with thousands of on-demand courses. There are many courses relevant to leadership, personal and professional development. There are no limitations to the number of courses a resident can do throughout his/her training. Courses can be done whenever it is convenient for residents, including on the admin rotation. Residents who would like a more structured leadership program may have access to our newest program, TalentTracks. Participants will be expected to complete an online learning activity each month, with an average of 1-2 hours commitment. This longitudinal program runs throughout the year and is perfect for the resident who is interested in a career in academic medicine.

Scholarship Initiatives Available Through Community Advocacy or Clinical Outcomes-Based Quality Improvement Initiatives

The majority of our residents participate in either a community advocacy or a clinical outcomes-based quality improvement project. IRB approved scholarship projects are also possible. These consist mostly of case series, survey studies and retrospective chart reviews. Local, regional and national experiences are available to residents through both the community advocacy initiative and the clinical outcomes experiences. The program provides support in terms of conference leave as well as educational stipends for residents to enable them to present their scholarly projects at local, regional and national meetings. Over the past 5 years, our residents have presented at meetings such as:

  • Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)
  • American Society for Sports Medicine
  • Vermont Oxford Network
  • AAP National Conference and Exhibition
  • Florida Chapter of the AAP
  • Duval County Medical Society
  • AAP Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Academic Societies
  • Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
  • International Breastfeeding Conference
  • Pediatric and Adult Interventional Cardiac Symposium
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference
  • CDC National Immunization Conference

Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research (CSESaR)

Residents are exposed to common pediatric procedures through our state-of-the-art simulation lab. Residents perform procedures under the instruction and supervision of both pediatric and emergency medicine physicians and participate in simulated learning experiences.

Rotations

Rotations unique to our program include:

  • Care of the Medically Complex Child
    Care of the medically complex child is an elective experience (except for residents on the advocacy track for whom it is required), where the resident is exposed to a variety of children with diverse health care needs. Residents rotate through the Bower Lyman Center for Medically Complex Children, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital and UF Health Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic (PM&R clinic), which provide rehabilitative services, pain and spasticity management for children. They may also spend time in the WCH Behavioral Health Center Partial Hospitalization Program as well as with the JaxHats Program, which provides care to youth with complex medical conditions transitioning into adult care. Finally, residents work with the PedsCare program that provides palliative care to infants and children with chronic or terminal conditions.
  • Medical Economics
    This two-week elective focuses on teaching residents about the business side of medicine. Residents learn about contract negotiation, medical malpractice, how to set up an office practice and personnel management among other things. Residents are required to develop a business and strategic management plan for their organization.

Learn more about our residency program's clinical rotations for each year: